What Happened in February 1999

Historical Events

  • Feb 3 In Jammu and Kashmir the political party Democratic Janata Dal (Jammu and Kashmir) is revived.
  • Feb 4 MV New Carissa runs aground near Coos Bay, Oregon.
  • Feb 4 Unarmed West African immigrant Amadou Diallo is shot dead by four plainclothes New York City police officers on an unrelated stake-out, inflaming race-relations in the city.
  • Feb 6 NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 23-10
  • Feb 7 Crown Prince Abdullah becomes the King of Jordan on the death of his father, King Hussein.
  • Feb 10 49th Berlin International Film Festival: "The Thin Red Line" wins the Golden Bear

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 12 US President Bill Clinton acquitted by the Senate in his impeachment trial

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • Feb 12 Scientists warn about harmful impacts on health of genetically modified (GM) food
  • Feb 14 41st Daytona 500: Jeff Gordon wins (161.551 MPH)
  • Feb 14 30th NAACP Image Awards: "How Stella Got Her Groove Back" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • Feb 15 Abdullah Öcalan, leader of the PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party, widely recognized as terrorist organization), was arrested in Kenya.

Sport awardSports Awards

Feb 15 7th ESPY Awards: Mark McGwire, Chamique Holdsclaw win

MLB First Baseman Mark McGwire
MLB First Baseman
Mark McGwire
  • Feb 16 O.J. Simpson's 1968 Heisman Trophy is sold for $230,000 to help settle a $33.5 million civil judgement against Simpson for the deaths of his ex-wife and her friend
  • Feb 16 Across Europe, Kurdish rebels take over embassies and hold hostages after Turkey arrested one of their rebel leaders, Abdullah Öcalan.
  • Feb 23 Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Öcalan is charged with treason in Ankara, Turkey.
  • Feb 23 An avalanche destroys the Austrian village of Galtür, killing 31.

Music releaseAlbum Release

Feb 23 Hip Hop artist Eminem releases his first major record album 'The Slim Shady LP' (Grammy 2000 - Rap album)

Rapper Eminem
  • Feb 24 The State of Arizona executes Karl LaGrand, a German national involved in an armed robbery, in spite of Germany's legal action to attempt to save him.
  • Feb 24 A China Southern Airlines Tupolev TU-154 airliner crashes on approach to Wenzhou airport in eastern the People's Republic of China, killing 61.

Music awardsMusic Awards

Feb 24 41st Grammy Awards: My Heart Will Go On (Love Theme From Titanic), Lauryn Hill wins

Singer-Songwriter Lauryn Hill
Lauryn Hill
  • Feb 26 15th Soap Opera Digest Awards - General Hospital wins
  • Feb 27 Olusegun Obasanjo becomes Nigeria's first elected president since mid-1983.
  • Feb 27 Korea International School is founded by Soon-Il Chung. It is currently directed by Ann Clapper.

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 24 Bollywood actor Ajay Devgan (29) weds actress Kajol Mukherjee (24) on a traditional Maharashtrian style ceremony in Juhu, Varsha

Actor & Bollywood Star Ajay Devgan
Actor & Bollywood Star
Ajay Devgan

Famous Divorces

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Feb 3 Actress Angelina Jolie (23) divorces actor Jonny Lee Miller (26) after 3 years of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Feb 14 Singer Prince (Rogers Nelson) (40) divorces belly dancer Mayte Garcia (25) after 2 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 Paul Mellon, American philanthropist (b. 1907)
  • Feb 1 Barış Manço, Turkish singer, composer, television producer and celebrity. (b. 1943)
  • Feb 2 David McComb, Australian musician (The Triffids) (b. 1962)
  • Feb 3 Gwen Guthrie, American singer("Ain't Nothin' Goin' on but the Rent"), dies of cancer at 48
  • Feb 5 Wassily Leontief, Russian economist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1906)
  • Feb 7 King Hussein of Jordan (b. 1935)
  • Feb 7 Bobby Troup, American musician and actor (b. 1918)
  • Feb 7 José Silva, author of Silva Method and the Silva UltraMind ESP System (b. 1914)
  • Feb 8 Iris Murdoch, Irish-born British writer (The Sea, The Sea), dies at 79
  • Feb 9 Bryan Mosley, British actor (b. 1931)
  • Feb 14 John Ehrlichman, American presidential advisor (b. 1925)
  • Feb 14 Buddy Knox, American singer and songwriter (Party Doll, Lovey Dovey), dies at 65
  • Feb 15 Big L, American rapper (b. 1974)
  • Feb 15 Henry Way Kendall, American physicist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1926)
  • Feb 15 Jan Masseus, Dutch composer, dies at 86
  • Feb 16 Michael Larson, Press Your Luck Big-winning contestant (b. 1949)
  • Feb 18 Noam Pitlik, American actor and director (b. 1932)
  • Feb 19 Mohammad Sadeq al-Sadr, Iraqi Shiite leader (assassinated)
  • Feb 20 Sarah Kane, English playwright (b. 1971)
  • Feb 20 Gene Siskel, American film critic (b. 1946)
  • Feb 21 Wilmer David Mizell, baseball player (b. 1930)
  • Feb 21 Gertrude B. Elion, American scientist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1918)
  • Feb 22 Menno Oosting, Dutch tennis player (b. 1964)
  • Feb 23 Carlos Hathcock, USMC Sniper, 93 Confirmed Kills (b. 1942)
  • Feb 24 Andre Dubus, American writer (b. 1936)
  • Feb 24 Frank Leslie Walcott, Barbadian labour leader (b. 1916)
  • Feb 25 Glenn T. Seaborg, American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1912)
  • Feb 28 Christine Glanville, British Puppeteer (. 1924)